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Intention and Normative Belief

  • Author(s): Chislenko, Eugene
  • Advisor(s): Ginsborg, Hannah
  • Wallace, R. Jay
  • et al.
Abstract

I defend the view that we act “under the guise of the good.” More specifically, I argue that an intention to do something is a belief that one ought to do it. I show how conflicts in intention and belief, as well as more complex impairments in these states, account for the central problem cases: akrasia in belief and intention, apparently unintelligible choices, and lack of motivation or accidie.

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